Akwa Ibom was created on September 23, 1987 by the government of former President Ibrahim Babangida, from the former Cross River State. It is located in latitudes 4°321 and 5°331 North, and longitudes 7°251 and 8°251 East. Covering about 8,412 square kilometer with a population of with a population of over 5 million people.
The average population density is 350 inhabitants per square kilometer. 85 percent of the population live in rural areas.
There are at least seven major towns in Akwa Ibom State :Uyo, Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Etinan, Ikot Abasi and Oron.
The State is made up of the following groups : Ibibio, Annang, Oron, Ibeno, Mbo, Andoni.
The natural economic endowments of the state on land and sea includes our vibrant people blessed by a common language, the numerous springs and streams which flow into the Qua Iboe, Cross and Imo rivers all of which empty into the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is typically tropical with abundance of sunshine and heavy rainfalls between June and November. Land mass consisting of rich loamy soil commonly prevalent in most parts of the state is an asset that has till date supported peasant agriculture for the production of oil, coconuts and raffia palms, rubber, fruit trees like oranges, mangoes, avocado pears, pineapples, plantains and bananas. Farm products widely cultivated include yams, cassava, maize, melons and vegetables while the natural forests are rich in tropical timbers like mahogany and iroko. In reality, there are very few plants, trees and animals in the world which cannot thrive well in Akwa Ibom State. Apart from agricultural and forest products, Akwa Ibom State is richly blessed with minerals. In a survey by the Batelle Institute of Frankfurt, Germany, calcium carbonate (limestone) sodium chloride (salt) kaolin (clay), oil and gas abound in very large commercial quantities in the state. The State is reputed to have the longest coastline of abundant natural and aquatic resource in Nigeria, home to the Ibaka deep sea capabilities in this hemisphere and boasts of the only market in the sub continent that survives solely on a single product group, the Oron Sea Food market.
The state is currently under the able leadership of a young, enterprising Chief Executive, Chief Godswill Akpabio, who has recorded tremendous achievements, heavy investment in infrastructure, particularly road construction to open up the rural areas, new Airport construction with hanger and backward integration in mind (Aluminum and aeronautics), new stadium etc.
The Transformational Pair
AND GOVERNOR AKPABIO
Since 2007, when the current administration of Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio came on the saddle, the state has witnessed an Uncommon Transformation – a phenomenon that has been celebrated all over the country and the Western world.